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65th Infantry Regiment

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GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 372  1 Sept 1953

    AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL - By direction of the President, under the provisions of Executive Order 9419, 4 February 1944 (Sec II, WD Bul 3, 1944), and pursuant to authority in AR 600-45, the Bronze Star Medal with Letter "V" device for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States is awarded to the following named enlisted men:

Private First Class DANIEL R. HAWKINS, US53126562, Infantry, Company "K", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During the early morning hours of 6 July 1953, Company "K" launched their attack on enemy held Hill "250" in the vicinity of Honu-Chon, Korea. Private Hawkins was the leader of the second assault squad. Shortly after the conflict began, the enemy's fire reached such an intensity that the squad was slowed in their movement. Private HAWKINS, without regard for his personal safety, moved among his men, forming them into a skirmish line. By clear directions and offering his men encouragement, he again had his squad advancing forward in the assault of enemy positions in an orderly and aggressive manner. Private HAWKINS' leadership contributed in large measure toward the successful destruction of all enemy positions on the hill. When the order was given to return to friendly lines, Private HAWKINS remained on the hill to help evauate friendly casualties. Observing a wounded comrade lying in an exposed area near the skyline, he immediately went to his aid. He quickly reached the wounded man and without hesitation, although under intense enemy artillery fire, dragged him to safety. Private HAWKINS' outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from North Carolina.

 Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 - National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

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